I am so tired of this trend over the last few years to hate on retailers for opening on earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving. It's annoying, unrealistic, and just another thing to gripe about in America.
I saw a request on Facebook today to please boycott all shopping on the holiday in solidarity of protesting the "corporate greed" that is taking over. I asked (and never received an answer from the poster), "Where the hell has the love been, the solidarity, for all of the workers who don't get days off based on turkeys, a child in a manger or hopping down a bunny trail?" Medical, police, fire, restaurants, gas stations, truck drivers, those in the travel industry - these are drops in the bucket of those who make your world turn while you sit at home shaking your fist and hollering about businesses who exploit their workers and want to make a profit - but look at the bigger picture: brick-and-mortar stores are in a frenzy to stay alive and losing the battle. These Black Friday sales are what carry them throughout the rest of the year. Then there's that little question on any retail application; "Are you willing to work holidays? Yes or no?" Don't check yes and then be pissed when the game changes.
I worked through many a holiday when I was younger, for various reasons. Sometimes I wanted to avoid my family, other times I desperately needed the money so picked up the extra shift. Maybe I wanted too for someone to be at home with their own family. And sometimes it was because I had no choice.
Over the years I've learned a few things, and that is how to manage life. Just because the majority get to sit down to a Thursday feast doesn't mean you can't do it on a Friday. Me? I suck it up and suffer through what my family calls a holiday and celebrate for real on Saturday, when I can enjoy the company of my friends who have no family, had to work, or are willing to sit through a second turkey just to be part of my "I am thankful" gathering.
I don't participate in Black Friday or venture out much over the long November weekend because it's my tradition to pull out the tree, put up the lights and gear up for the chaos of December.
So, while you're with loved ones and having a spirited rant about why Walmart is evil and every retailer should choke on their stuffing, while you're enjoying the parades, the football games and barely staying awake at the end of it all for the evening news, think about all of those ground workers, announcers, athletes, and all of the people behind the scenes who brought you entertainment or needed information who are not at home where you claim they should be.
Better yet, take an hour out of your holiday to really appreciate those who are working and bring them a box of cookies, a jug of hot cocoa, or anything that puts your "solidarity" where your mouth is. And be thankful that jobs are there to put a turkey on the table.
- Kymberlie ~ WriterOfTheStorm.com
- Kymberlie Ingalls is native to the Bay Area in California. She is a pioneer in blogging, having self-published online since 1997. Her style is loose, experimental, and a journey in stream of consciousness. Works include personal essay, prose, short fictional stories, and a memoir in progress. Thank you for taking a moment of your time to visit. Beware of the occasional falling opinions. For editing services: http://www.kymberlieingalls.com/p/editing-services.html
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